One of the hardest things to get used to after Melvin died was his absence in the bed night. He was always there, every night. Some nights, he took up the whole bed, and for a dog that was not loved in his previous life, that was how it was meant to be. Him living like a king. Jake was always uneasy sleeping in the big bed for the full night. He’d snuggle for a while but he’d eventually want to get down and sleep in his bed. I think it was lack of control of being able to get down from the bed. He was just always uneasy up there for more than an hour or so, even when Melvin was alive.
When I first got Doug, I let him into the big bed at night. It was pure torture. I honestly thought about lending him out to the military to use a tool to get enemies to talk. It took him a full 20 minutes to stop bouncing around the bed and off of my face and body and when he finally did lay down, it was a constant state of temporary. If I took a deep breath or moved an inch, he took it as an invite to play. He did this all night long. If I rolled over, he’d jump on my back in a lets-get-ready-to-rumble way.
Enter his ‘condo’. On night two or three, I dragged out one of the soft crates I had and Doug went right in and slept for ten hours. Ok, so that was a huge blessing and a note-to-self that he was obviously crate trained. Good to know. So he has been sleeping in Big Red at night since then.
Recently, during the shocking realization that Doug snuggles now, I thought I’d try in him in the big bed again. He was still pretty bouncy at first but he quickly calmed down, took a position on the bed and went to sleep. I was shocked. I moved and coughed and rolled over and he just kept sleeping. The only minor issue is that his chosen position on the bed IS LAYING ACROSS MY PILLOW. And it has to be on the pillow I’m on. If I move to another pillow, he moves with me. Doug is small in comparison to Melvin but he is not small in comparison to pillows. Here and there I let him sleep with me but it’s not the best night sleep when you are wearing your dog as a helmet.
Isn’t this awesome, Mom, its like I’m your pillow. You’re welcome for that.
The net net of this post is that as we are working on Doug sleeping in the big bed, I hate looking at the giant red crate in the room. It’s all part of my decorating
illness brain, I need things to be visually pleasing and in their place. I know it’s a little cray but there are worse obsessions to have!
So this weekend I dragged out Jake’s teepee to see if Doug would entertain sleeping in it. I left Big Red just in case it didn’t work out. But much like Jake, Doug likes caves and cozy spaces. He took right to it and slept all night. I’ll trial it out one or two more nights and then move the teepee over to where the crate is and all will be glorious in my visual field again! Win, win!
There is a cover on his bed because if there is not a cover on his bed, he tries to eat his bed. Apparently the cover is not as delicious.